Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado declared on Thursday that he is “extremely inclined” to seek the Democratic nomination for president on the ballot in 2020. He assured the MSNBC interviewers that former Vice President Joe Biden’s decision to run will not affect his choice.
“We’re considering it, and I’m inclined to do it. And I believe that, in 2020, the American people need someone who will run and speak the truth to them, he said on “Morning Joe.”
The senator, who has served two terms, asserted that no progress can be made in Congress “if we continue to do what we’ve been doing here for the last 10 years,” adding that he didn’t think President Donald Trump was to blame for the impasse in Washington. Bennet claimed that the president is merely a symptom of a bigger issue and “an accelerant of a lot of the problems.”
When asked if Biden’s likely presidential run would affect his choice, Bennet responded that it wasn’t anything he was thinking about. Biden and Bennet are likely to focus on the same voter groups.
The Colorado senator stated, “It has nothing to do with the vice president’s choice.
A Democratic source told the Denver Post last week that Bennet was getting closer to declaring his intention to run for president and that the announcement might occur within the next month.
Bennet, a generally calm and low-key member, momentarily gained national attention during the most recent government shutdown when he chastised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on the Senate floor for his “crocodile tears” on the closure’s effects on Texan first responders. The most popular C-SPAN video of all time on Twitter was created when a clip of the conversation went viral.
Bennet would be the second Colorado Democrat to enter the race if he did, behind former governor John Hickenlooper. In a primary race that already features more than a dozen competitors, he would also run with six of his Senate colleagues. In the crowded field, the more moderate Bennet would run with Biden and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in a reasonably centrist lane.
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